The History Of St. Patrick's Day

 

THE HISTORY OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY

 Every March 17th we wear green, drink beer, and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with friends and family. But how many of you know
the history behind Ireland's late patron saint? Guess what? It's much more interesting than you think!

 

ST. PATRICK'S EARLY DAYS

St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain and was brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. After escaping, he made his way back
to Ireland and became known for introducing Christianity to the people there.  A lot of time has been dedicated to the study of
 St. Patrick's life after he passed around March 17, 461.

 

THE SHAMROCK

"Perhaps the most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a
native Irish clover, the shamrock." (www.history.com)

 

THE CELEBRATIONS

March 17th was celebrated a lot differently in modern-day Ireland. St. Patrick's Day was a religious time instead of a celebration. The
Irish laws insisted that everything would be closed that day - including pubs! However, about 23 years ago everything changed. 

"The Irish government began a national campaign to use interest in St. Patrick’s Day
to drive tourism and showcase Ireland and Irish culture to the rest of the world."
(www.history.com)

 

 ST. PATRICK'S DAY 2018

Since St. Patrick's death, March 17th has grown into a HUGE celebration. In just Dublin, Ireland, over 1 million people take part in the
St. Patrick's Day festivities. In the U.S., the biggest parades take place on the East Coast. Although the events differ country to
country, the main focus is clear: the celebration of St. Patrick's life. 

 

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS YEAR

run forest, run! 

Instead of hitting up a local pub to eat or drink, opt for something out of your comfort zone. Many big cities have St. Patrick's Day
5k runs! It's something you can do with friends and family, and doesn't have to be competitive. Make it fun by dressing up in all
green and just enjoy yourself! 
 

give

Another option can be donating the money you would spend on yourself to a "Green Cause". One of Ireland's largest charities is called
Concern Worldwide. They donate water and supplies globally to those in need! 

 dance away

Not a dancer? Who cares?! Learn some traditional Irish dancing moves at different festivals around the country. Buffalo, NY hosts a "hooley"
which is a traditional Irish Dance Party. We don't know about you, but that sounds like a fun and unique way to celebrate St. Patrick!

 

 

CELEBRATE IN STYLE